Installation Azimuth, Elevation, & Polarity Calculator
Most of the international channels including all the Arabic,
Farsi, Vietnamese, Thai, Christian, Nigerian, Lao, Turkish,
Persian, and Russian channels broadcast from the Galaxy 19
satellite located at 97 degrees west. Since the
satellites change names frequently, always choose the
satellite that begins with 97W from the satellite list
below. Make sure to type either your full address or
just your zip code below. Under the map below, you
will see your azimuth, elevation, and LNBF polarity (skew).
If you don't know what those terms mean, simply scroll down
for a detailed explanation. Keep in mind that these
satellites are located over 20,000 miles above the earth, so
it's extremely important that you accurately point your
Azimuth is the turning of your
satellite dish East and West or Left & Right. This is
the same as your compass reading. Make sure when you
look on your compass for the proper degree, that your
compass is away from your satellite dish. Remember,
metal can throw off the reading on your compass so be very
Elevation is how high up the
signal is coming from. You can usually measure your
elevation based on the degree markings on the back bracket
of your satellite dish antenna. Make sure you don't
tighten the bolts too much to leave room for play in case
you need to fine tune your antenna with your signal meter.
Once you fine tune to the highest possible signal, you can
tighten the elevation bolts.
Skew or Polarity is how
much you turn your LNBF. Standing in front of the
satellite dish, looking at the dish, if you have a
positive Skew angle you want to turn your LNBF
counter-clockwise. If you have a negative skew
angle, you want to turn your LNBF clockwise.
Usually, in the East coast USA you have a positive skew
and in West coast USA you have a negative skew.